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Justice League America

“Running from Justice”

Volume 1, Issue 80, September 1993
Released July 20, 1993

Cover Price: $1.25
Guide Price: $2.00 (as of 2011) Rating
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Justice League America, Vol. 1, #80. Image © DC Comics



Writer: Dan Vado
Penciller: Kevin West
Inker: Rick Burchett
Colorist: Gene D'Angelo
Letterer: Tim Harkins
Assistant Editor: Ruben Diaz
Editor: Brian Augustyn
Cover Artists: Rick Burchett, Kevin West

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Cover Description: Booster Gold returns to action in a new suit of armor. Behind him, from left to right, are Ray II, Wonder Woman, Maxima, and Guy Gardner.

Brief Synopsis: The Justice League investigates a crash-landed alien spacecraft.

Booster Gold's role in this story:
Featured (Booster Gold plays a prominent role)

Costume Worn: MARK II armored power-suit

Issue Notes: This issue features the return to action of Booster Gold following the destruction of Booster's first power-suit in combat with Doomsday.

This story has been reprinted in:
Wonder Woman and the Justice League America (2017)

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Page 5, panel 2
Booster Gold and Fire encounter a tour group in the lobby of the Justice League. Booster wears a classic leather jacket and jeans, while Fire dresses considerably more punk, including ripped purple leans and boots. Fire's t-shirt pays tribute to the early 1990s Californian band Bad Dog Sit. Irritated by the minor duty, Fire is sarcastic to the tourists.

Page 5, panel 4
Booster calms a young tourist, explaining away Fire's ill-temper with the sexist comment, "you know how women are." Smooth, Booster.

Page 7, panel 2
POWER UP: Blue Beetle II explains to Booster that first version of his new armor is "big and bulky and not as powerful as your old armor." Essentially, Booster's new armor is a redesign of the armor worn by the Rocket Reds. (In Guy Gardner: Warrior #18, Beetle expressly says that the prototype for this suit was based on armor designed by Kilowog. This would imply that he did not use the stronger, Apokolypsian-designed armor Rocket Red #4 acquired in Justice League International #20 but the older, original model as his base for this new power armor.)

Page 8, panel 4
Blue Beetle comforts Fire over the loss of her power as Booster hurriedly dons his new armor for the first time in the background.

Page 12, panel 1
FASHION ALERT: Booster debuts his new armor, the Mark II exoskeleton, to Guy Gardner, Maxima, and Wonder Woman. The armor is similar in design to his original uniform, with gold chest and thighs separated by a blue band. The blue star remains prominent on the chest. The thick metal cowl is open on top, allowing Booster's hair some freedom, just as his original costume did. Wires connect the cowl to the armor's chest plate. Notably missing is the high collar. Overall, the design is extremely ungainly.

Page 12, panel 5
Guy Gardner is ruder than usual in welcoming Booster back onto the active roster. Perhaps something is afoot with Guy?

Page 14, panel 4
Booster joins Guy Gardner, Maxima, Ray II, and Wonder Woman on a trip to Alaska to investigate an alien ship.

Page 15, panel 6
POWER DOWN: Guy Gardner saves Booster from missiles launched by the alien craft. It's clear that Booster's armor is slowing him down.

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Page 18, panel 1
POWER UP: Booster demonstrates the strength of his new armor as he tears a large hole out of the alien spacecraft. Booster is clearly pleased with the capabilities of the new armor...

Page 19, panel 1
DON'T MAKE 'EM LIKE THEY USED TO: ...armor which proves unable to save him from the alien energy pistols of Blake and Corbett. Booster is down for the count, missing the closing actions in this issue. Mark II Booster Gold 0, Enemies 1.

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Boosterrific Review: Booster Gold returns and the results are a marginal comic book filled with stereotypically 1990s comic book fashion.

Boosterrific Rating:

  • Currently 3.0/5 Stars.
Gold Standard.

Average Fan Rating:

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  • Currently 5.0/5 Stars.
Trey Mapes (Jul. 20, 2016, 19:04:45)
This issues starts to show Booster's true colors and it lets him show to the JLA how worthy he is to them.

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